It's October and time to talk candy, which brings to mind lush desserts, ice cream, and the wonder concoction: chocolate.

Chocolate is the king, in my opinion. It's like pizza.  Almost everybody loves it. Even if you're counting calories or sugar intake, you can moderately enjoy candy without feeling guilty.

Kellerhaus via Facebook, Lickee's & Chewy's Candies & Creamery via Facebook, Chutters via Facebook
Kellerhaus via Facebook, Lickee's & Chewy's Candies & Creamery via Facebook, Chutters via Facebook

Candy shops have been around for centuries. As people ogle over rows and cases of indescribably delicious choices of confections, I thought a list of your favorites from a Facebook poll would be fun. You probably can guess which store is tops in our poll.

Facts About Candy History

The oldest continuous confectionary store in America is Shane's Confectionary in Philadelphia. That's a bit far for Granite Staters to drive, but what about here in New England?

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monique carrati via

The oldest candy company in the country is within driving distance to our fellow New England state of Massachusetts. It's Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie in Salem, Massachusetts, which has been producing confections since 1806.

According to, the oldest commercially-made candy in America was the 'Gibraltors'. They were made by a woman named Mrs. Spencer, who landed in Salem after being shipwrecked on her way from England. Destitute, she was given a barrel of sugar, and Gibraltors were born. The business was passed on to family friend John Pepper, thus the name of the company. Pepper is credited with creating the other famous candy from our country's origins, the 'Blackjacks'.

Let's explore your choices for best candy shops in New Hampshire, in no particular order.  The top shop had so many votes, so there was no question that this was clearly the best in the state, but the others had similar votes.  Enjoy, and get ready to crave some sweets after you see these pics.

Top 10 Candy Shops in New Hampshire

Candy is sweet, delicious and a fan favorite, but there's one store everybody loves, so let's look at the top votes in a recent Facebook poll.

Gallery Credit: Ginny Rogers

This Ice Cream Trail in New Hampshire is a Sweet Road Trip You Have to Take

Starting in Kingston, this scrumptious NH ice cream trail starts in Kingston and travels north all the way to Pittsburg before journeying back down to the Seacoast Rye Beach area.

Gallery Credit: Megan Murphy

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